1.50 a.m.: Laschet earns standing ovations for his extremely combative speech. The hall is downright euphoric. Only Markus Söder still retains a certain statesmanlike coolness. During the entire speech, a smile did not come over his lips.
11.45 a.m.: Laschet’s final attack begins with self-criticism. “Not everything went well in this election campaign, we know that ourselves.” At this moment he can’t help but smile that is typical for Laschett, then he immediately finds his way back to seriousness. “We have to use the next two weeks and say to those who are still hesitant: These are the core issues that are at stake now. Laschet speaks of a decisive moment in German history. Western integration, rearmament, reunification . And it was in those moments It doesn’t matter who is Chancellor at these moments: he is now in line with Helmut Kohl. “At that moment he (Kohl) knew immediately what to do. You cannot learn that, you have to know that from your basic convictions at this second. In historical moments, a German Chancellor must have this basic conviction. And that is what Red-Red can do -Green not. The CDU and CSU stand for this course . And that’s why I want to become Federal Chancellor, because I stand for this course. “
11.40 a.m.: The Union Chancellor candidate now comes to the main topic of this election campaign: climate protection. He quickly devoted his speech to the automotive industry. To the protests against the IAA in Munich, Laschet says: “For some, it is not about climate protection, but about system changes. And we must not allow that to happen.” He advocates that the steel industry should no longer be encouraged, as the Greens supposedly wanted, but that steel should continue to be produced in Germany because it was supposedly better for the world climate. It therefore needs a technological lead and more innovations. “The Greens have to learn that too, these are natural laws, that is a fact.” Laschet calls for industrial jobs and jobs in agriculture to be redesigned towards more climate neutrality. This can only be achieved with the Union .
11.35 a.m.: Laschet calls for a more fight against child pornography. “At some point the children take precedence and not privacy concerns,” thunderous applause in the hall. Earlier, Laschet warned the Social Democrats against falling into populism in relation to the raid on the Treasury. Now he is using the subject of child abuse itself for an insubstantial attack by only briefly touching on the subject. It remains unclear what exactly he accuses the other parties of failing to protect children.
11.30 a.m.: Internal security issue: This time Laschet is targeting the situation in Berlin. “This is the subject where I don’t trust red-red-green a millimeter across the way. Conditions like in some parts of Berlin, where there are legal vacancies, they are in Munich, in Nuremberg and elsewhere in Bavaria (where Joachim Herrmann Interior minister is) not found “. Laschet does that of course cleverly: On the one hand attack the political opponent and at the same time violently ensnare the sister party. The NRW Prime Minister then refers to the successes in fighting crime and in dealing with clans in his own federal state we started to break up this problem, we declare the struggle to anyone who questions state authority. We do not tolerate any violation of the law. “And of course this excursus ends with a bashing of the competition.” I do not trust this clarity of red-red-green, I’m sorry. ”
11.25 a.m.: Laschet continues to throw himself fully on the political opponent. “Why doesn’t Olaf Scholz manage to distance himself from the left?” He asks again rhetorically in order to give the answer immediately. “Because he wants to keep a back door open.” Laschet’s strategy is clear: he paints the specter of left politics on the wall that would jeopardize stability and economic growth in Germany and Europe. “We need more Theo Waigel and less plasticiser for the euro, that’s what is important now,” he says, referring to the former finance minister of the CSU, who is of course also in the room.
11:20 am: “Can you imagine Olaf Scholz ruling Germany with the Greens and Leftists?” Asks Laschet rhetorically. “I know that this is an attack on Germany’s prosperity and we cannot allow that to happen.” Laschet now fully relies on the attack department and shoots one poison arrow after the other. As is so often the case, the red sock campaign is a central election campaign topic of the Union, and Laschet is giving this campaign a real boost. He even goes into the catchphrase himself and tries to take the wind out of the sails of his critics; not a bad move. The red socks campaign was very successful 25 years ago, but today it is about content, he points out, and it is important not to form a coalition with either the left or the AfD .
11.15 a.m.: “To err is human, always to err is social democratic,” Laschet quotes the former CSU Prime Minister Franz-Josef Strauss and of course receives spontaneous applause from the CSU delegates. He accuses the Social Democrats of not being able to handle money. Olaf Scholz was only able to do his job because ” Angela Merkel always took care of him”. He would have liked Scholz to be more careful with the financial supervision and is alluding to the raid on the Ministry of Finance that happened yesterday. “Everything he has failed to do there will be clarified in committees of inquiry.”
11.10 a.m.: The first attack against political competition follows. “You can make big sayings about foreign and security policy, red-green are big in there. But when it comes to implementation, you have to deliver.” He referred to the planned equipment of the Bundeswehr with combat drones and sharply criticized the coalition partner. “Olaf Scholz refuses to implement this coalition proposal because he is afraid of the left in his own party.” In particular, he is targeting his competitors: “Olaf Scholz, the SPD and the Greens in the federal government are leading to less security in Germany and we cannot accept that.”
11.07 a.m.: Now it’s getting programmatic for the first time. “In the end, we failed as the West. It is the greatest defeat of the Western alliance since its existence.” Therefore, one must draw the conclusions from it. More western common ground is needed again. For a long time Europe was not in a position to end wars on its own doorstep. And you still haven’t got very far on this path. An effective European foreign and security policy is therefore needed.
11.05 a.m.: The chancellor candidate first goes on a journey into the past of the Federal Republic and recalls the success story of the social market economy, which was significantly shaped by the Union. He addresses the change of government in 1982, when the then Chancellor Helmut Schmidt was betrayed by his own party, the SPD, as Laschet claims. He wants to reveal that the Social Democrats cannot be relied on.
11.00 a.m.: Laschet speaks. “It is my first visit as federal chairman of the CDU to a CSU party congress”, that is a special moment for him. Laschet says that people in North Rhine-Westphalia are always envious of the CSU, which has been in power in Bavaria for 50 years. He looks full of admiration at the Bavarian self-confidence that is embodied by the CSU. Laschet is clearly trying to win the support of the sister party.
10:57 am: Söder welcomes the “Chancellor candidate of the entire Union, a warm welcome, Armin Laschet .” Right at the start, Söder couldn’t help but take the first tip against Laschet: “You may not be welcomed so warmly everywhere, but you will be with us.”
10.55 a.m.: Thunderous applause for Armin Laschet. The Union’s candidate for chancellor is visibly relieved by the warm welcome. He waves to the audience and clenches his fist. Beside him, Söder seems more statesmanlike. His enthusiasm is limited.
10.50 a.m.: Armin Laschet moves into the hall alongside Markus Söder. The two party leaders received a standing ovation. It is not entirely clear to whom of the two the applause is primarily aimed.
10:47 a.m.: The State Secretary for Digital Dorothee Bär is looking forward to Armin Laschet in her speech, as she says. She speaks of an “unleashing decade” and railed against a “policy of prohibitions and scaremongering”. She concludes her remarks with a play on words on her own behalf. “I am happy to be in a party that is more in the mood for Bear than Baerbock.”
10.45 a.m.: Söder was combative in his speech on Friday. Not only did he clearly acknowledge Armin Laschet, he also swore the Union supporters to a final spurt of the election campaign and announced that things would turn around until the election on September 26th. The recipes for this were quickly listed, however: The Union’s strategy is primarily to attack the programs and people of the competition. So Söder made fun of the Greens once more and warmed up a dusty election campaign hit of the bourgeois parties with the “Red Socks” campaign.
10.30 a.m.: In the past weeks and months, CSU boss Söder had been noticed astonishingly often by tips against his own candidate for chancellor. Now the power-conscious Franconian has apparently decided to publicly support Armin Laschet. It can be assumed that this is not entirely voluntary, because the bad poll results of the Union are also causing the CSU to be more and more distressed. And thus also Söder himself.
10 a.m.: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder asked the delegates in his speech yesterday, Friday, to give Laschet a warm welcome. The fact that Söder emphasized this so conspicuously already says a lot about the reputation of the joint candidate for chancellor in the CSU.
9.50 a.m.: The speech of the Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet at the CSU party congress is eagerly awaited. How will the CDU man appear? After CSU General Secretary Markus Blume had handed out a violent tip against Laschet this week when he said in an interview with “Spiegel” that the situation of the Union would now be less precarious with Markus Söder, the NRW Prime Minister stands in front of the delegates Nuremberg under considerable pressure.